Staffordshire Bull Terriers Need Your Help!
As you may already know, the tremendous amount of Staffordshire Bull Terriers in our rescues has become overwhelming. We are now faced with a huge problem that is only going to get worse, unless action is taken.
If you are a dog owner or potential new owner, and have recently viewed ‘dogs needing homes’ on rescue/rehoming sites or even visited such a place yourself, you may have noticed just how many of those dogs are actually staffies or staffy cross breeds. It has now become so much of a problem that there are simply too many dogs of this breed in rescues for every one of them to find a home. This obviously means that many staffies in rescues may never find a home and may face being euthanised due to lack of space. So what can we do to help? Well the answers to that are simple:–
Thinking of Breeding your Staffordshire Bull Terrier?
If you’re considering offering your dog for stud, or maybe you want to breed your bitch, ask yourself why? Maybe you’re short of cash or perhaps you’d like to keep one of the pups bred from your beloved staffy? For whatever reason, you’re thinking of breeding, I beg you to reconsider. Although many breeders will be quick to deny this, the majority of the time it’s the profit that encourages people to breed dogs, but do we have the right to be selfish with animals lives in this way? You must ask yourself, where and who exactly will these pups be going to? It is very much possible that someone with the wrong intentions could end up with one of the litter. Yes they may seem like a normal, caring owner when visiting the litter but it is very possible that they could be the total opposite. I will give you some of the potential outcomes of where your innocent litter of pups may end up:-
The greatest possibility is that they will end up in a rescue centre possibly never to be rehomed, possibly with euthanisation being the only option in the end.
They may end up dumped at a road side somewhere because the owner contacted a rescue centre but it’s too full and have no room to take them in.
And even worse than the last two, they may end up with an uncaring, selfish owner whose intentions are far from caring. Staffies and other bull breeds are popular with people organising dog fights. This is a cruel and brutal activity that your pups may become part of.
Either one of these very likely outcomes, are no life for a dog that was not asked to be brought into the world in the first place.
And so I ask you again.. please, please, please neuter, don’t breed!
Are you looking to add a dog to your family?
Many peoples first thought when thinking of getting a new dog are to ‘buy a puppy’ but why not take the decision to offer your warm, loving, family home to a rescue dog who may never have seen outside of a kennel otherwise? The benefits of rehoming an older dog can be more attractive than owning a puppy. For instance, puppies have to be house trained, taught basic commands, have their injections, be neutered and be micro chipped, whereas an older rescue dog from a reputable dog rescue will have most of these done already, therefore saving you money as well as time and lots of effort!
If you have already made the decision to rehome a dog then please consider taking on a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. A staffy can suit many families and lifestyles and may be the perfect dog for you. I would recommend reading up about the breed from a reliable source to see if this is the right breed for you, before making the commitment.
Please visit the links below for information on the breed, plus rescues that currently need your help.
Staffie Rescue – For information on the breed, the problems we face and dogs currently in need of your help.
SBT Rescue – Information on the breed, help with rehoming and dogs currently needing homes.
SBT Rescue Scotland - About the breed, plus staffies that need homes in scotland. Forum also on the site.
Happy Staffie Rescue – A great site for information, help with rehoming and neutering, plus appeals and events. Based in West Mids.
Northern SBT Rescue - A rescue based in North England. Information on the breed plus staffies needing homes and dogs that have been stolen.